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Boost

Boost is an accelerator based in the heart of San Mateo. At Boost we believe that with the proper business and product guidance, any entrepreneur can build a great idea into an amazing company. Our twelve week program will balance the strength and guidance of seasoned mentors with the excitement and drive of young, passionate entrepreneurs.

The Boost program consists of speakers, mentors, team building excercises, office hours and general legal help. We are here to provide you with anything you need to be successful in your venture. Boost is made up of a team of energetic, passionate entrepreneurs and mentors who want to help others succeed.

By 2017 Boost will accelerate 100 Bitcoin companies out of the 250 total expected companies. We're excited to push foward the future of technology, we are interested in everything from Enterprise to Rockets, 3D Printing to Bitcoin...and anything that gets us closer to building an Iron Man suit.

We Provide

  • Housing in downtown San Mateo
  • Office space
  • An investment
  • Mentors
  • A group of up to 20 companies to work alongside

We Expect

  • Work as hard as you possibly can, indefinitely
  • Listen and take feedback well
  • Build your product to the best of your ability
  • Attend all Boost Events
  • Respect and help other teams with their products

Adam Draper

Founder and CEO

Boost was founded by Adam Draper, a fourth generation venture investor who loves mentoring startups. Adam has invested in companies such as Coinbase, MinoMonsters and Practice Fusion, and sits on the boards of four companies. Adam has two goals in life: one is to help every entrepreneur find their mission in life and the other is to build an Iron Man suit.

Brayton Williams

Founder, Biz Dev and Operations

Brayton Williams is an entrepreneur with a financial background working with large corporations such as Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, as well as small startups such as Xpert Financial. When not on duty as the Residential Advisor at the Boost hotel, Brayton attempts to get coffee shops to spell his name correctly. He also has a personal vendetta against the Beats headphones blog button below.

Ross McKelvie

Lead Engineer

Ross McKelvie is an engineering entrepreneur with a deep background in web applications, beginning at the age of twelve and continuing through the Computer Science program at Cal Poly, where he founded GRAPPPLE (acquired by Whodini) before joining Boost. While not leading product development at Boost, Ross' interests include drones, Brayton's text based video game, and burritos.

Mentors

Tim Draper
Founder, DFJ

Jude Gomilla
Founder & President, Heyzap

Sean Jacobsohn
Venture Partner, Emergence Capital

Ben Davenport
Co-Founder & CEO, Beluga


(acquired by Facebook)

Bill Draper
Founder, DRK Foundation

Max Hoat
Founder & CEO, Livestream

Frank Creer
Founder, Zone Ventures

Bill Barhydt
Founder & CEO, Boom Financial

Topher Conway
Partner, SV Angel

Josh Buckley
Founder & CEO, MinoMonsters

Allan Young
Founder, Runway

Steven Roussey
Secret Weapon, Weebly

Hrach Simonian
Principal, Canaan Partners

Justin Miller
Founder & President, Notehall


(acquired by Chegg)

Collin West
Associate, Correlation Ventures

Ankit Agarwal
Founder & CEO, Micello

Andrew Flachner
Founder & CEO, RealScout

Stephen Fisher
Associate, Tenaya Capital

Kevin Twohy
Principal, Novum Design

AJ Forsythe
CEO, iCracked Intergalactic

Michael Parikh
CTO, RealScout

Santi Subotovsky
Principal, Emergence Capital

John Fogelsong
Principal, Glynn Capital Management

Portfolio

7shifts

Alphalem

AppFuel

AppSpin

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7shifts

Winter 2013

Streamlining employee scheduling

Founders

  • Jordan Boesch - Loathes onions. Loves hiking.
  • Andrée Carpentier - Couldn't put her head under water as a child, and ended up competing at water polo nationals
  • Johannes Lindenbaum - Is German. Dislikes Sauerkraut. Is Canadian. Can't skate.

Story

7shifts is a story about a son who wanted to help his dad spend less time scheduling staff each week. What started as a fun project has transformed into a product that is relied upon by companies around the world. While the client base has evolved, our vision remains the same; making employee scheduling as easy as possible.

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Alphalem

Winter 2013

Making robotics accessible to the masses

Founders

  • Mike Lewis - got locked out of the house all day when he was 7 and built a castle on the driveway using junk from the garage
  • Kartik Tiwari - a tinkerer at heart

Story

Mike and Kartik studied robotics at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute. Upon graduating, they realized that robotics is never going to hit its true potential if it takes a master's degree to get into the field. They founded Alphalem to bring robotics to the masses by making it more accessible.

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AppFuel

Summer 2013

Organic App Users, Free

Founders

  • Andrew Boos - Fastest butterfly swimmer in Ontario in 2007
  • Alfred Kam - acted in TV commercials
  • Rex Kim - former record holder as world’s youngest person.
  • Arthur Kam - Great Chef

Story

Appfuel was created in 2012 by Alfred, Rex, and Andrew to make it easier and cheaper for apps to get more users. Alfred and Andrew were classmates throughout highschool, and later met Rex while at McGill University.

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AppSpin

Winter 2013

Bit.ly for Apps

Founders

  • Justin Butler - literally biked across the United States,has been known to impress people with his ukulele
  • Bryan Dunmire - yo-yo and spearfishing skills

Story

After graduating from Harvard, Justin and Bryan became roommates in NYC with corporate jobs. Unfulfilled, they moved to promise land of Silicon Valley to make mobile apps. They quickly realized all the difficulties with user acquisition in a market dominated by huge players and set out to make tools to helps apps better understand organic growth. AppSpin was born.

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Arbiter

AuditFile

Bagaveev

Bang With Friends

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Arbiter

Summer 2013

Raise the stakes of your virtual currency

Founders

  • Andy Zinsser - Finds enjoyment in driving motorcycles long distances
  • August Zinsser - fast

Story

Andy and August are brothers who grew up in Las Vegas, which apparently put gambling in their blood. They started tinkering with injecting real money gambling into mobile games and decided to package their experience of overcoming the technological and regulatory hurdles into Arbiter to help other developers who are interested in real money games.

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AuditFile

Summer 2013

We help CPA firms run more efficient audits.

Founders

  • Kevin Bong - Kevin is an avid crossfitter and his first word spoken was "dog."
  • Steve Bong - Steven uses vim and has an IBM model M keyboard.
  • Gary Bong - Gary has been a CPA for over 30 years.

Story

Steven, Kevin, and Gary Bong founded AuditFile.com in 2011. They've built the world's first cloud-­based solution for certified public accountants (CPAs) who perform audits.

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Bagaveev

Winter 2013

Expand Mankind

Founders

  • Nadir Bagaveyev - designing and building rockets since age 7
  • Ian Garcia - writes software that guides rockets
  • Ummon Karpe - math genius

Story

Everyone wanted to go to space. Three of us never gave up on that dream. We started in desolate Mojave Desert building and testing rockets. Now we're here - building a company that will grow into a major aerospace corporation of 21st century.

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Bang With Friends

Fall 2012

The anonymous, simple, fun way to find friends who are down for the night

Founders

  • Colin Hodge - voted world's best wingman by the internet
  • Omri Mor - can out eat anybody in sushi
  • Anonymous - Thinks he can out eat Omri in sushi

Story

Bang With Friends was conceived amidst the Boost accelerator on a drunken winter break Saturday night by three guys to bring honestly and bluntness to the dating arena.

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Battr

BitBox

BitPagos

BitWall

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Battr

Summer 2013

Show and Tell for Chefs

Founders

  • Ken Styles - Gets mistaken for Ron Swanson weekly.

Story

Ken, a health conscious eater, designed the product after his girlfriend needed to eat gluten-free. There was no way for her to keep her similar eating habits while maintaining her dietary restrictions. After exploring the idea and writing a script to help those who want to eat healthier, Battr was born.

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BitBox

Summer 2013

The Bridge between the Old Economy and the New Economy

Founders

  • Kinnard Hockenhull - Dropped out of the University of Michigan to join the monetary revolution

Story

BitBox is the joint venture of two founders of previous bitcoin exchange operations. They met in the Spring of 2013 in Ann Arbor during the first held Michigan bitcoin meetup event and have been pushing the monetary revolution forward since then.

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BitPagos

Summer 2013

Easy electronic payments for Latin America

Founders

  • Sebastian Serrano - Raised in the Patagonia and built the town's first Internet Service Provider while still in high school.
  • Mugur Marculescu - Enjoys playing ping-pong with both hands. He helped prototype and build one of the first large scale video players on the web.
  • Luciana Gruszeczka - When she is not making operations work

Story

Mugur and Sebastian have been working together on many projects for the last 5 years. Sebastian is native of Argentina and saw the early spike in Bitcoin adoption due to weak local currency and realized the opportunity of bringing more Bitcoins to Latin America.

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BitWall

Summer 2013

Micropayments for digital publishers

Founders

  • Nic Meliones - Nic won 3 hackathon challenges in the past year
  • Alex Meliones - including winning a car.
  • Chad Sahlhoff - In addition to being a fierce hackathon competitor

Story

Nic, Chad, and Alex previously worked out of the same start-up workspace for 6 months. After BitWall won the Bitcoin 2013 Hackathon hosted by Boost, the three decided it was time to hang up their hackathon hats and join forces to change the way publishers monetize their content online.

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Coincove

CommitChange

CourseOff

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Coincove

Winter 2013

Bringing Bitcoins to Latin America

Founders

  • Tomas Alvarez Melis - Lost 50 Bitcoins in an early foray into online wallets, determined to create a more reliable service
  • Hannah Kim - A psychology nerd with an artistic flair, on a mission to improve the user experience of using Bitcoins
  • Rodrigo Gonzalez del Cueto - An organism that consumes red bull, chinese food, and chocolate chip cookies and produces useful code as a byproduct

Story

Bitcoin enthusiasts hailing from Mexico and California, Tomas, Rodrigo, and Hannah were well aware of problems in the remittance sphere and driven to create a low-cost solution leveraging Bitcoins. After creating one product after another that ran into regulatory or marketing hurdles, they realized that they had overlooked a fundamental first step to creating a Bitcoin-based remittance system: growing an active Bitcoin economy in the recipient countries. And thus was born Coincove, a user-friendly platform for buying and selling Bitcoins in Mexico.

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CommitChange

Summer 2013

Increase Your Social Impact

Founders

  • Roderick Campbell - Roderick speaks Gaelic
  • Jay Bolton - Jay was really good at juggling in the 5th grade.

Story

Jay and Roderick met while working together at MerchantOS, a retail point of sale company, in Olympia, Washington. They started building a side project in 2012 to benefit local nonprofits. This project grew into CommitChange, a fully-integrated fundraising platform that's redefining a $217 billion industry by bringing nonprofits closer to their supporters.

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CourseOff

Summer 2013

Course scheduling done right

Founders

  • Roman Shtylman - Roman programmed autonomous robots to play soccer in an international competition

Story

While attending Georgia Tech, Roman hated the university's class scheduling software so he built his own. Quickly enough, his roommates, then classmates, wanted to use it and Courseoff was born.

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CrowdCurity

Winter 2013

Crowdsourced web security. Connecting businesses to security testers.

Founders

  • Jacob Hansen - used to be a robot
  • Christian Hansen - record holder for the blondest Dane in Boost
  • Jakob Storm - parked his beekeeping career to find the cure for malware
  • Esben Friis-Jensen - consumed more than 15kg of cereal during his stay at Boost

Story

The 4 Danish founders were tired of getting their accounts hacked. In July 2013 they met up in Buenos Aires and built a platform, which enables any business to connect with a crowd of security testers. Now they have moved to Silicon Valley to scale this marketplace for web security used by businesses and testers worldwide.

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Cycle

Dreambox

EmailBox

Favor

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Cycle

Summer 2013

Your browser, re-imagined from the ground up.

Founders

  • Jason Dorfman - Jason was a background actor for the TV series Entourage.
  • Tim Rodriguez - Tim is trained in 10 distinct martial arts weapons.

Story

Tim and Jason were sick of having dozens of tabs open on their desktop and wanted a better system for using cloud-based software. They left their jobs to create Cycle, a better platform for using web applications.

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Dreambox

Summer 2013

3D Printing Vending Machines

Founders

  • Richard Berwick - Coded a fully automated Ponzi scheme at the age of 12. Shut it down 2 weeks later when the FBI explained to him what a ponzi scheme was. He returned all the money.
  • Will Drevno - Will can sleep through anything
  • David Pastewka - David is a pan American gold medallist in badminton

Story

We met at UC Berkeley in a mobile application development class. Frustrated by our inability to access the 3D printers on campus we built a 3D printing vending machine in order to deliver 3D printing to the masses.

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EmailBox

Summer 2013

The Email App Store

Founders

  • Nicholas Reed - Nick enjoys cave diving in Thailand

Story

Emailbox was created when Nick wanted to add one thing to Gmail, but found that no easy way existed for such a simple exercise, so he created a way for everyone to benefit from email UX improvements.

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Favor

Fall 2012

Anything You Want. Delivered.

Founders

  • Ben Doherty - Lived out of the past three offices (he's not smelly).
  • Zac Maurais - Looks like Charlie Day of It's Always Sunny (but way sexier).

Story

Favor was born from the idea that there should be a better way to get anything delivered. At Boost they made Favor more focused and learned about marketplaces. After Boost they ran a successful pilot in SLO, CA. This June they launched in Austin, TX and quickly became the go-to food delivery service.

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Feastly

FeatureKicker

Gigawatt

Gliph

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Feastly

Summer 2013

Authentic Food with Real People

Founders

  • Noah Karesh - Noah owns a cafe in Washington DC

Story

Feastly was inspired during a trip to Guatemala, when one of the co-founders could not find any authentic Guatemalan food. After an exhaustive search through the streets and markets, he finally came across a young avocado seller, who told him that he could eat Guatemalan food at his mother's house. Following the young seller back to his house, they opened the door to find an excited cook preparing an amazing meal of delicious authentic food. It was at that moment as they shared a meal together that Feastly was born.

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FeatureKicker

Winter 2013

Agile Customer Conversations

Founders

  • Sandeep Arneja - can code his way out of any situation
  • Rodrigo Fuentes - took last business to $100,000 in revenue in less than 12 months

Story

Sandeep was working at a large software company where they would code fast, and rip out that code even faster. Frustrated with this experience, he conceived of the idea of having customer conversations early and often to prevent the massive amount of waste in product development.

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Gigawatt

Winter 2013

Blitz Fundraising - 24 hour crowdfunding campaigns

Founders

  • Greg Horn - Cannon-balled into a pool of peanut butter for a Skippy commercial
  • Jake Huber - Killed a charging grizzly bear with a slingshot
  • Jacob Katzen - Appeared on NBC's sitcom 'Alf' as a young child

Story

After college, we realized that the way our alma mater reached out to us as alumni was archaic and wasn't reaching the Millennial generation. We began by helping colleges engage their young alumni and, after a very successful 24hr campaign, realized that the coordination required and urgency created by a short campaign was something that could be recreated with organizations of all shapes and sizes.

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Gliph

Summer 2013

Secure Texting + Bitcoin Payments

Founders

  • Rob Banagale - Rob's initials are the namesake of a character in the notable Redwall book series by Brian Jacques.
  • Nick Asch - Nick flies and jumps out of airplanes in his free time.

Story

Rob and Nick built the first version of Gliph at a hackathon in September 2011. Since then, they have built a team with a passion for peer-to-peer markets and information security. Their shared interests have resulted in a highly rated product with worldwide appeal.

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Globevestor

Gneo

Gumball

Limitless

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Globevestor

Winter 2013

Connecting Investors and Startups, Across Borders

Founders

  • Raju P. N. - sports aficionado, plans to own a professional sports team/franchise one day
  • Ankur Shrivastava - plans to use his first billion for interstellar space travel
  • Gaurav Gupta - an Indian classical singer and wants to start his own fusion band

Story

We are deeply passionate about entrepreneurship and believe in the transformational benefits that high-impact startups can bring to emerging markets. At the same time, we are also highly enthusiastic about the role collaborative investing/crowdfunding can play, especially in markets where access to smart capital is not always easy. We set out to create Globevestor so that we could use the power of the internet to break down geographical barriers separating smart capital and high-impact ideas.

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Gneo

Summer 2013

Tap your greatest potential with Gneo

Founders

  • Anthony Keane - Anthony played Hurling
  • Tatum Keane - Ireland's national sport

Story

Gneo is a suite of mobile and desktop applications where individuals and teams can bring all their scattered To-Dos together and finally prioritize all the things they need to get done. We are building a platform that will be subscription based and are focusing on mobile first. Our updated iOS app is launching in Fall 2013, building on the success of V1, which had over 250K downloads.

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Gumball

Fall 2012

Giveaway platform connecting Businesses to New Customers

Founders

  • Jordan Simkin - Has allegedly been caught wearing Gumball accessories.
  • Carlos Cervantes - Is open about wearing Gumball accessories.

Story

Jordan and Carlos met at a meetup in LA and ended up at Boost soon there after. With Gumball they're fixing the problem with all the noise in the giveaway space, starting with women's fashion.

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Limitless

Winter 2013

Make productivity a habit

Founders

  • Balaji Viswanathan - Loves to Quora a lot and spends 28 hours a day in social networking tools
  • Anup Gosavi - Ran a popular design blog - doodl.it while working on his MBA
  • Manju Balaji - Managed an electrical insulation factory after graduation
  • Arvind Devaraj - Created the largest community for CS grad students in India

Story

Late one night in second week of December we were discussing New Year Resolutions. We laughed at how "Being productive" was the top resolution for most people and yet very few people achieved it. So we decided to build a productivity tool that we would actually use. We made a prototype and got a great feedback. With 3000+ downloads within the first week and getting featured in top blogs like Lifehacker, we thought we were on to something. We named the tool after the movie Limitless that everyone in the team really loved.

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MEVU

Paytagz

Rebel Coast Winery

Scalpr

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MEVU

Winter 2013

Gamified training platform and an automatic diary for your active lifestyle

Founders

  • Apurv Mishra - wearable technology inventor, passionate about hacking the 10,000 hour rule and takes Science Fiction very seriously
  • Karthik Tirumalasetti - mobile app developer, passionate about dancing and codes J.A.R.V.I.S like operating system in his free time

Story

The way we learn any physical activity has not changed since the dawn of mankind. After graduating from University of Cambridge, Apurv with his background in wearable computing and Karthik with his experience in mobile apps worked together to enhance human performance and accelerate learning. They build MEVU for sports, dance and yoga to make motion based learning smarter and faster.

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Paytagz

Winter 2013

The fastest way to sell online

Founders

  • Kris Hamoud - 4th grade jump rope champion

Story

Kris was tired of how inconvenient selling things online was and how there were no easy ways to make money using only a smart phone. He thought with things like instagram selling online should be as simple as a picture so he started Paytagz.

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Rebel Coast Winery

Fall 2012

Wine that scales like software

Founders

  • Chip Forsythe - Chip was a nude model in college.
  • Doug Burkett - Doug is a three year running champion for the Rebel Coast Beer Olympics.

Story

Chip and Doug met on Craigslist casual encouters years ago when Chip started his first winery, and Doug quickly became the number one sales rep. After Chip sold the winery, him and Doug broke up and one year later, Chip took Doug back into his arms and they started Rebel Coast.

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Scalpr

Fall 2012

Uber for Ticket Scalping

Founders

  • Patrick O'Brien - Won his elementary school's talent show in 1st Grade by standing ovation with his rendition of 'Mary had a little lamb' by making popping noises.
  • Spencer Morris - Was awarded most beautiful baby of Miller Park

Story

Ticket Scalpr was created after the founder, Patrick, bought a fake ticket outside of a bears game from a scalper on the street, realizing the entire 'Ticket Scalping' process was broken and had to become a Fan2Fan exchange. The two founder's, Patrick & Spencer, met while tailgating for the Wisconsin Badgers, their alma mater. Ticket Scalpr was founded and is based in Chicago.

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Sift

snapCard

StrengthPortal

TestLegends

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Sift

Winter 2013

the calendar that takes care of setting up events between people, places and things.

Founders

  • Ashutosh Priyadarshy - enjoys thinking about the Fourier Transform and wishes he could dunk
  • Travis Meyer - wishes he was as good at rock climbing as he is at data science

Story

Travis and Ashutosh met each other as engineering students at the University of Virginia. They first worked together when Volkswagen recruited them for a skunkworks project to design the connected car of the future. Afterwards, Travis went on to schedule way too many meetings as a consultant with Deloitte and Ashutosh spent time in the valley writing intelligent algorithms at a hardware company. They both quit their jobs and came together to figure out a smarter way to connect people's time.

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snapCard

Winter 2013

the easiest way to spend your Bitcoin

Founders

  • Michael Dunworth - was once ranked 8th in the online world for Super Streetfighter IV
  • Ioannis Giannaros - played the drums professionally for 8 years, toured the country, licensed music out to TV shows, and was signed to a renowned record label

Story

snapCard was founded in 2013 in order to help bring liquidity to the Bitcoin currency.

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StrengthPortal

Winter 2013

Vertical social network for fitness

Founders

  • Matt McGunagle - once picked 455 lbs off the ground and put it back down again
  • Ken Orvick - has broken his ankle twice while dancing
  • Kwaku Farkye - has the amazing ability to cry on command

Story

Frustrated with the technology used by his personal trainer Matt set out to build a better solution to improve the trainer/client relationship. He recruited two fellow Cal Poly grads, Kwaku and Ken, who shared the same interests in fitness, technology, and entrepreneurship.

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TestLegends

Winter 2013

Embark on a SAT Gaming Adventure

Founders

  • Alexander Chen - an engineer that can build anything from augment reality glasses to brainwave readers

Story

I made this app for my brother when he is studying for his SAT. He tried out our competitors and tell me studying SAT is not fun and extremely painful. That's why we are here to change this. In the past, I have built brainwave reader, augment reality glasses and electronic gloves. Now, we are making studying SAT fun once and for all.

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Vaurum

Vectera

VerifyBTC

ZIIBRA

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Vaurum

Summer 2013

We make it easy to buy, trade and store bitcoin.

Founders

  • Avish Bhama - Organized the Boost Fantasy Football league
  • Sean Lavine - Solo-mined his first 50 bitcoins in April 2010

Story

Vaurum's story began in 2012 -- while working on the foreign exchange team at Apple, we realized the importance of a universally used, decentralized cryptocurrency. There were significant gaps in the infrastructure of the bitcoin ecosystem, so we set out to build a better way for people to get access to the cryptocurrency markets.

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Vectera

Fall 2012

Numerical Computing in the Cloud

Founders

  • Dan Palumbo - This is the only time Dan will ever wear white pants
  • Mariusz Lapinski - Mariusz invents a new name every time he goes to Starbucks

Story

Dan and Mariusz are long time friends who both worked as software developers after college. After acceptance into Boost, they immediately quit their jobs, escaped New Jersey, and moved to the bay. With much respect for the dominant yet old school MATLAB, which they used for both class and research as engineering students, they decided to build Vectera to make powerful numerical computing easier to learn and use.

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VerifyBTC

Summer 2013

The Identity Verification Platform for Bitcoin.

Founders

  • Gabriel Gomez Rojo - A Spaniard that doesn't like soccer, isn't that weird?
  • Manoj Das - Plays Tabla, an Indian hand drum.
  • Hongwei Li - Hongwei loves Dim Sum.

Story

We were classmates at grad school when we started a research study about open innovation and Bitcoin. We became passionate about the possibilities of Bitcoin, and were convinced that it was going to change the world. However, we found out that the Bitcoin ecosystem needed to overcome significant challenges to facilitate mass adoption, so we created VerifyBTC as our first step to bringing Bitcoin safely to the average person.

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ZIIBRA

Fall 2012

Powering the Creative Economy

Founders

  • Omri Mor - Can out eat anybody in sushi
  • Justin Myers - Only Justin knows where the best bacon is in seattle

Story

Based in the Seattle area, a thriving music community, ZIIBRA started as a platform for musicians. We quickly realized that musicians weren’t the only people who could use these tools, and we began to shift our focus to all types of creatives. As our team continues to grow, we hope to make ourselves a resource for both up-and-coming and veteran artists -- a place for creatives to grow, learn, and re-establish the arts as a viable and publicly-supported career path.

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AirEnvy

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AirEnvy

Winter 2013

On Demand Property Management

Founders

  • Sean Conway - won first place in a baby modeling competition
  • Justin Miller - invested all his Bar Miztvah money in his last company he sold
  • Mariusz Lapinski - lives in the Matrix by day and hero in the night
  • Dan Palumbo - hacker & heart breaker
  • Todd Conway - working machine with no limits

Story

After I sold my last company, I decided to take a vacation. I had it all planned out. Because I was in money-making mode, my goal was to get 100% paid for by Airbnb'ing my room. I knew I couldn't do it alone from across the globe. So I got my roommates and my usual house cleaner involved. I had no idea how much trouble it was going to be. The logistics behind my Airbnb operation were a mess. One guest got locked out with no one to contact, another checked into a dirty apartment. Just half way through my vacation, my Airbnb profile was suspended and I missed out on 9000 bucks.

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Questions

How far along are your typical companies?

We accept a wide range of companies anywhere from idea to revenue stage. We have accepted companies that have a fully functional product as well as people with big ideas. Typically, we like to see some type of product so we can visualize the idea, but that should not stop anyone from applying.

What sectors do you focus on?

We focus on awesome companies! Whether it is consumer internet, enterprise, mobile, 3D printing, healthcare, security, wearable tech, drones, or bitcoin we are interested. Bringing companies from various sectors to live and work side-by-side is an invaluable experience as each team brings unique knowledge and expertise.

Do you take equity for the investment?

We will generally invest between 10k and 15k for 6% of a company.

What do we get if we are accepted by Boost?

$10-15k; housing; office space; successful business mentors; relevant weekly speakers; and legal, HR and marketing assistance.

Are You Ready?

Apply now for Summer 2014 Session. Starts July 21st.

Deadline June 1st